Pea Soup With a secret ingredient


A recipe for an easy vibrant green pea soup that uses only 5 ingredients (including salt & peeper). This recipe requires only 15 minutes to prepare and the result will have everyone asking for more.

The secret ingredient in this soup is a blend of spices called Ras-El-Hanout. There is no definitive composition of spices that makes up Ras-El-Hanout. Each shop, company, or family may have their own blend. The mixture usually consists of over a dozen spices, in different proportions. Commonly used ingredients include cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, chili peppers, coriander seed, peppercorn, sweet and hot paprika, fenugreek, and dry turmeric. If you live in the Bay Area you can find Ras-El-Hanout at the Oaktown Spice Shop, but regardless of where you get your mix, it will always blend well with this pea soup.

Ingredients

3 peeled garlic cloves

32 oz defrosted frozen peas

4 or less cups of half & half (or milk)

2 table spoons of Ras-El-Hanout spice blend

Salt, pepper to taste

For garnish you can use any of these:

Fresh herbs such as: parsley, dill, thyme.

Micro greens

Olive oil

Cream or yogurt

Blanched peas

Sumac spice

Instructions:

Pour the defrosted peas to a pot and pour the half & half or milk just until peas are covered. Add the garlic cloves, the Ras-El-Hanout and the salt & pepper to taste.

Let it simmer and cook on low for about 10 minutes.

Then, remove from heat and blend until smooth in a blender (or with a stick blender).

Pour the pea soup on to plates, garnish as you like and serve.

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